by D. T. Marches
It is unfortunate, for the sake of man's more speedy evolution on this planet, that the mission of the Master Jesus has not been more clearly understood by humanity — people for the most part living under the impression that His advent on the Earth was for the purpose of being offered up to the One Universal Father of Life and Love as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity, thereby relieving them of all responsibility for their individual use of the Life Forces by which they exist. In other words, that the time and effort expanded by life on their creation and subsistence are without reason or purpose. Witness, for example, the acceptance by so many people of the statement, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved."
Jesus had already expiated His own karma (which condition the Karmic Law demands from an aspirant for this exalted mission), and He was granted a Dispensation, whereby the sufferings incumbent on His mission could be applied to a partial expiation of the karmic debts of mankind. This still did not mean that humanity could go on indulging in unbridled license of their passions and eventually ride into the Kingdom of Heaven on the merit of the Master Jesus, without any conscious effort towards attaining that Perfection necessary for its achievement.
His last appearance on Earth, therefore, fulfilled four major accomplishments, the achievement of which is necessary before any soul can attain his Ascension or Liberation:
The Occupants of this Octave, which is called the Ascended Master Octave, live in an atmosphere resembling White Fire, which vibrates at a tremendously high rate, far beyond the human range of vision. Because these Liberated Beings cannot be seen with the physical eye, and because mankind is not aware of the Laws governing their evolution, they deny the existence of their Emancipated Brothers, and thus, through ignorance and unbelief, deny themselves the Comfort and Help they would receive through the Radiation and Love of their Presence. Furthermore, it goes, without saying, that by denying the existence of these Liberated Beings, man nullifies the effects of his own spiritual efforts, as well as the ultimate Freedom attained through such endeavors.
Due to the fall of man and his slow upward climb to the Consciousness he enjoyed before his descent, and because of the balance each one owes to Life by reason of the misuse of energy, the Karmic Law allows him an allotted span of time at certain intervals, called "earthly embodiments," during which time he is expected to attend to his soul's mission. When this short period of time has expired, the ego is withdrawn, to make room for another incoming and hopeful soul. This "coming in" and "going out" of the ego are called by the names of "birth" and "death." The "going out" should not hold any more terror than the "coming in," because so-called death is but the transferring of the tired ego to a place of rest and peace, where it may renew its energies and receive valuable instruction before the next embodiment. Oftimes it is, happily, the Open Door to Eternal Freedom, for some Triumphant Soul who has successfully fulfilled his Divine Plan.